Highlights for 4-H from Portage Ex
The 4-H beef club members decided to give back to the Portage la Prairie community by donating one per cent of their sale proceeds from the Portage Ex on July 5 to a local charity, the Portage District General Hospital Foundation. The foundation received $1,446.18 from the 4-H groups. The money will be used toward purchasing equipment for the Portage District General Hospital. Back Row, from left: 4-H beef club members and leaders from the Oakville, MacGregor, Gainsborough and Portage 4-H Beef Club. Front Row, from left: Portage District General Hospital Foundation Board chair Jim Knight, 4-H member Rachael Verwey, executive director Erin Miller and 4-H member Layne Coltart.
The Portage fair grounds were a hub of activity over the weekend, as local 4-H members prepared their project animals for the interclub beef competitions and participated in the 4-H barbecue and rally fun events.
One of the highlights at the 4-H rally was the presentation of two Gold Watch Awards. The Gold Watch Awards are presented to outstanding 4-H members exhibiting leadership, citizenship and involvement in the 4-H program. The Gold Watch Award sponsored by Farm Credit Canada was awarded to Crystal Pruden of the Oakville 4-H Beef Club. The Charlie Oliver Gold Watch Award, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Portage and District, went to Michelle McCuaig of the Portage 4-H Canter & Gainsborough Combined 4-H Clubs.
Cindy Jack of the Oakville Beef Club was the recipient of the Central Plains Area Council $400 bursary. In the biffy race event, Portage Beef had the fastest biffy and their club also out-pulled their opponents in the open tug of war. Gainsborough 4-H Variety Club had the strongest junior tug-o-war team.
Layne Coltart of the Portage 4-H Beef Club took home the 143rd Portage Ex Grand Champion and Home Grown Steer honours. His homegrown Angus steer was purchased by Pallister Farms Ltd. for $3.90 per pound. Reserve grand champion hardware went to Claire Lavallee of the Oakville Beef Club and her Simmental steer sold to Blight Native Seeds for $3.50 per pound. The average price at the 4-H market steer sale was $3.35 per pound, setting a new record average price for the 34 steers sold. Wilf’s Elie Ford paid the highest price for Colton Wood’s Maine Anjou steer. The Oakville Beef Club member’s steer weighing in at 1218 pounds sold for $4.30 per pound. A big thank you goes to all the supporters of the 4-H beef sale.
In other results of the interclub beef competition, Cindy Jack was grand champion groomer, and the grand champion showperson was Kaitlyn Davey of the Portage Beef Club. Shania Jack was reserve grand champion groomer and reserve grand champion showperson. The grand champion heifer class was won by Cindy Jack, and Avery Coltart had the reserve champion heifer. Champion cow/calf pair award went to Kaitlyn Davey, with Dimitry Stewart of the MacGregor Club taking home the reserve placing. In the group events, Oakville won the annual club competition, as well as the stall competition. Congratulations to all the 4-H’ers who participated in the 4-H rally and inter-club competitions.
4-H’ers give back to the community
4-H beef members saw excellent support and prices at their steer sale during the Portage Ex on July 4, and they thank all the bidders and buyers for their part in making it such a success. This year, 4-H beef clubs decided to give back to the Portage la Prairie community by donating one per cent of their sale proceeds to a local charity. Portage District General Hospital Foundation executive director Erin Miller and board chair Jim Knight gratefully accepted a cheque from the 4-H’ers on behalf of the foundation for $1446.18. This money will be used toward purchasing equipment for the Portage District General Hospital.Back to Stories